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16.01.2013 / 10:04 CET
A round-up of the international press on Wednesday, 16 January.

Slovenia's government is expected to fall in the coming days after three junior partners in the centre-right coalition called for the resignation of Prime Minister Janez Janša, writes Dnevnik.

The Obama administration is considering military support to France's intervention in Mali, writes the Washington Post.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has issued an edict banning nuclear weapons, a move that Iranians say is binding and should resolve the international dispute over Tehran's nuclear-weapons programme, Lidové noviny reports.

David Miliband, a former foreign minister in a Labour government in the UK, imagines in the Times what advice UK Prime Minister David Cameron might be given on Europe by a previous Conservative prime minister. A senior British diplomat says that Cameron risks making “premature” and “opportunistic” demands in Europe, the Guardian writes.

The Financial Times calls on German companies to end pay restraint.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, has pledged to continue peace talks with Kurdish rebels after the assassination of three Kurdish activists in Paris, writes Hurriyet Daily News.

An apparent bombing at Aleppo University, which houses thousands of displaced Syrians, has claimed at least 82 lives, writes The National, published in Abu Dhabi. The government has blamed terrorists while rebels blame the government.

US diplomats have written in a secret cable that Syrian forces might have used poison gas in December, according to the New York Times.

Népszabadság reports on a poor assessment of the state of freedoms in Hungary by Freedom House.

Gazeta Wyborcza reports that Belarus's President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is willing for Poland exhume bodies that may be those of Polish soldiers shot in current-day Belarus during the Second World War, provided Poland pays.
The UK's Independent argues that a fine imposed on the bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland must be paid not by taxpayers, but out of the bankers' bonus pool.

Diplomats from Greece and Macedonia – or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, as Greece insists that it should be known – are to meet with a United Nations envoy on 29-30 January to discuss the decades-old dispute about Macedonia's name, Kathimerini writes.

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